Sunday, September 18, 2011


Here are photos of Paseo Del Mar in Zamboanga City on October 2010 from the bar of Lantaka Hotel by the Sea adjacent to the roofdeck. 

I just happened to be in Lantaka Hotel then, and these images caught my attention.
However, these pictures were not taken during the height of the Fiesta Pilar activities.... I think it was already after the frenzy of the regatta. 

entrance of Paseo Del Mar with buntings placed in the streets and with Fort Pilar in the background

Paseo Del Mar has a festive air...
the Paseo Del Mar aerial view from Lantaka Hotel
since October is Zamboanga City's Fiesta Pilar, there are real vintas plying the sea front...
 Vintas are seen in Zamboanga City during the Fiesta Pilar especially during the Regatta.

From Wikipedia: The vinta ( locally known as lepa-lepa or sakayan) is a traditional boat found in the Philippine island of Mindanao. These boats are made by Bajau and Moros lining in theSulu Archipelago. It has a sail with assorted vertical colors that represents the colorful culture and history of the Muslim community. These boats are used for inter-island transport of people and goods. Zamboanga City is known for these vessels. 
But, VINTAS are not seen in ordinary days...

the little boats are a more common sight everyday...

There are little bancas (boats) along the seafront, and the kids... or adults (usually Badjaos) dive in for the coins you throw...
I got mixed feelings on this!

at this time, ongoing developments in Paseo Del Mar

Paseo Del Mar already serves as a gathering place in Zamboanga City... and the place still has lots of potential... and I am sure the Zamboangue├▒os are looking forward to this!

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